October 23, 1956
This is the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. This is the event that changed our lives, my mother and father and I became Refugees. We had to flee our home and homeland.
This is the apartment we lived in the address was Lenin Korut 101. Before the Communist renamed the boulevard it was called Teresz Korut and again after the cummunists regime fell it is again called Teresz Korut as it is today. Located about a block away from the "Nyugati" (West) Train Station. Click Here for a Map of Budapest.
We lived on the first floor apartment #10. The tree was right in front of our windows. This is one of the main "round" streets in Budapest so during the revolution there was a lot of "action" right in front of our building. This is a picture I took about a year ago when I was visiting.
During the revolution this was our view of the tree.... yes including the dead body hanging by his feet....Now that I'm writing this it sounds so horribly ghoulish but at the time we were numb to all of the horrors.
This is what the street looked like, the building on the left is our building. The debris on the ground included human body parts, sometimes the tanks ran people over....
Here are some more images from 1956 what we left....
This is a magazine that Life Magazine issued as an extra addition and sold for .50 cents and the proceeds went towards helping the Hungarian Refugees. I found a copy at an old magazine store on Main Street in Santa Monica. A couple of years ago I paid $50 dollars for it but to me it is one of my treasured posessions.
PestCentric a Blog about Budapest in English
The Terror House Museum